Thursday, March 9, 2017

Old School Box Breaks: 1997 UD3 Baseball

UD3 was a brand I very fondly remember, mostly because of the basketball version of the product. It's a unique set as it's basically 3 uniquely different set within a set. Each 20 card "set" features a different technology..the Future Impact featuring a "Cel-Chrome" finish, PROmotion featuring Light FX and Homerun Heroes featuring Electric Wood. When I was a kid it was definitely a cool looking set. I decided to get a box of this off Ebay for Cheap.
What To Look For: This is another one of those products where the base cards themselves are the supposed to pretty much be the sought after cards. You only get 3 cards a pack so if buying by the pack it's not an easy task to pull a superstar, though what helps is the small checklist. There's only 60 cards in the set. There are a couple of inserts to chase. The Generation Next insert is a relatively easy insert at 1:11 odds. Should be 2 in this box. The only other insert is Marquee Attraction which comes at a rate of 1:144 packs. There are autographs inserted as well, but at 1:1500 packs. The odds are, I'll only pull 2 Generation Next inserts though it'd definitely be nice in the very least to pull a Marquee Attraction insert.
Basic Set Info 
1997 UD3 Baseball
60 Base Cards
24 Packs Per Box
3 Cards Per Pack

Generation Next (1:11)
Marquee Attractions (1:144)
Superb Signatures (1:1500)

And off we go!

Notable Base Cards
Home Run Heroes
Mark McGwire
Ken Griffey Jr.
Barry Bonds
Sammy Sosa
Frank Thomas
Mike Piazza
Eddie Murray

Roger Clemens
Cal Ripken Jr.
Ivan Rodriguez
John Smoltz
Greg Maddux
Barry Larkin
Tony Gwynn
Jeff Bagwell
Ozzie Smith
Roberto Alomar
Paul Molitor

Future Impact

Andruw Jones
Vladimir Guerrero
Nomar Garciaparra
Alex Rodriguez
Manny Ramirez
Andy Pettitte
Derek Jeter
Scott Rolen
Chipper Jones

Generation Next (1:11)

Alex Rodriguez
Vladimir Guerrero
Luis Castillo

Overall Thoughts: Pretty fun break. About what I thought. Almost got a complete base set as there are only 60 cards in it. Came 3 short in the PROmotion subset. Absolutely love the card designs especially the Home Run Heroes set and was happy to pull Griffey. There are only 3 inserts so and two of those (Marquee Attractions and Superb Signatures) are 1:144 and 1:1500 respectively so wasn't really expecting to hit those out of a single box. Did beat the odds and get 3 Generation Next cards and 2 of them were of the better names on the Checklist (A-Rod and Vlad). Pics of cards below!


Top 5 Pulls of 2017

#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl Cam Newton 1/1
#2- 2016 Donruss Optic Derrick Henry Rated Rookie Autograph (#43/150)
#3- 2016 Donruss Optic Kenneth Dixon Rated Rookie Holo Autograph   Redemption (# to 99)
#4- 2016 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs RPS Devontae Booker  
#5- 2016 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs RPS Paul Perkins


  1. Neat looking cards. UD 3 is kind of a forgotten brand, hardly ever see any posts about it. I'm only a handful away from completing the NBA sets, I should really work on that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. No problem! I'd love to open an UD3 Basketball box if I could find one at a reasonable price!!

  2. Great looking stuff. Whenever I see these sitting in dime boxes, my brain automatically thinks they're inserts.

    1. Yeah, my favorite is the Home Run the look of em!